Shuttle Project Engineer
Engineering Integration Office
John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Shawn Greenwell supports America's manned space flight program as a Shuttle Project Engineer (SPE) for the Engineering Integration Office at the Kennedy Space Center. In this capacity he supports each space shuttle flight from the Integration Console in the prime firing room. As SPE, he coordinates troubleshooting for the engineering team, reacting to real time problems picked up with the orbiter, external tank, solid rocket motors and ground systems prior to T-0.
The Integration console also manages the critical Ground Launch Sequencer (GLS) software that, along with on board software, controls the launch countdown sequence. Utilizing GLS, members of the KSC launch team personnel supporting the Integration Console are responsible for verification of over 400 Launch Commit Criteria prior to allowing the launch to proceed.
Before Greenwell became a Shuttle Project Engineer, he served in the project office by leading the NASA Simulation Team. This team is responsible for assembling and presenting simulations to NASA and United Space Alliance System Engineers, helping to prepare them for time-critical countdown troubleshooting activities.
Before transitioning to the project office, Greenwell also served as a lead engineer in the Space Shuttle Mechanism group. In this capacity, he was responsible for a diverse set of shuttle systems, including the Russian built Orbiter Docking System, the orbiter landing gear system, payload bay door drive system, and radiator drive and external tank door systems.
Greenwell started his career at Kennedy Space Center in 1989 working as an engineer responsible for the assembly and checkout of the solid rocket motor components. In this capacity, he was the lead engineer for activities at Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where the solid rocket motors are examined and prepared for return to Utah post flight.
Greenwell graduated from Florida State University in 1989, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a Master of Science degree in industrial optimization from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001. In 1989, he married the former Maria Teresa Reyes, a first grade teacher. They reside in Titusville, Florida, with their two young sons, Brendon, 9, and Michael, 5.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center